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ASK-THE-VET: HIGH LEVEL OF CREATINE KINACE

DonnaNewPicCroppedQuestion: My furry friend had blood work and had High level of Creatine Kinace 252 reference range was from10-200 U/L. She easts dry salmon spot stew dog food. She also has a heart murmur. Is Halo pet food safe for her? Your help will be appreciated!

Answer: Thanks for writing in. Generally a Creatine Kinase value of 252 is not reason for concern. This value becomes more significant when it is greater than 4 to 5x the normal range (>1000). At this level it is often an indicator of muscle damage or trauma in dogs.

Although Creatine Kinase can be elevated in dogs with heart disease, it is generally only when they are in heart failure and having significant clinical signs of heart disease.

Dogs with advanced heart disease and heart failure generally benefit from a lower sodium (salt) diet—and the dry Salmon is not considered a low sodium diet.

However, if your dog is a generally healthy dog and has never been in heart failure, most likely the food would be a fine choice!

Hope this helps.
Dr. Donna Spector

Answers provided to pet owners by Dr. Donna Spector should be considered information and not specific advice. Answers are to be used for general information purposes only and not as a substitute for in-person evaluation or specific professional advice from your veterinarian. Communications on this site are very limited and should never be used in possible cases of emergency.

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